Atlanta/Fulton County Stadium was the fourth home of the National League Braves and the first in Atlanta. The Braves two previous homes were Braves Field in Boston and County Stadium in Milwaukee.
Atlanta/Fulton County Stadium, Once Home of the Braves (Dexter Press, Inc.)
Once nestled at the confluence of Interstates 75, 85, and 20, Fulton County Stadium is now a parking lot.
The Friendly Confines of Atlanta/Fulton County Stadium and Interstate 75 (Scenic South Card Co.)
Unlike other lost ballparks, however, Fulton County Stadium is not quite gone or forgotten. Portions of the old ballpark remain in the parking lot adjacent to the Braves’ current home, Turner Field.
Baseball Paradise Now A Parking Lot
The stadium’s outer retaining wall, now painted blue, marks the outline of Fulton County Stadium.
Fulton County Stadium Outer Wall
The blue outer wall marks the area from the right field corner around to the first base side of home plate.
The Right Field Corner
The infield, foul lines, and warning track are marked with brown pavers.
No Place Like Home
And if all that weren’t enough, the que de gras of the former Fulton County Stadium site is the portion of the metal, outfield fence marking where Hank Aaron’s record breaking home run number 715 cleared Dodger’s outfielder Bill Buckner and landed in the mit of Braves relief pitcher Tom House, who was standing in the Braves’ bullpen.
"There's new home run champion of all time and it's Henry Aaron" (Braves Announcer Milo Hamilton)
Hank Aaron at Fulton County Stadium (1972 Atlanta Braves Fan Photo)
In 1997, the Braves moved across Hank Aaron Street to Turner Field.
Turner Field, Home of the Atlanta Braves
The original plaque honoring Fulton County Stadium – Atlanta Stadium – is located in the plaza outside the main gate of Turner Field just south of Georgia Avenue.
Original "Atlanta Stadium" Plaque Now Located Outside Turner Field
Located on the northwest side of Turner Field at Aisle 134 is the Ivan Allen Jr. Braves Museum & Hall of Fame which includes over 600 Braves artifacts and photographs, including several items from Fulton County Stadium.
Turnstile from Fulton County Stadium
The Braves museums offers fans the chance to sit in Fulton County Stadium seats and relive Hank Aaron’s famous home run breaking Babe Ruth’s record of 714.
Stadium Seats from Fulton County Stadium
The Atlanta dugout is recreated as well, including the bat and helmet racks.
Recreated Dugout of Fulton County Stadium
Fans are free to have a seat on the dugout bench or lean on the railing.
Dugout from Fulton County Stadium
Former player lockers from Fulton County Stadium are used throughout the museum to display Atlanta Braves memorabilia.
Fulton County Stadium Player Lockers
The piece de resistance of the Braves museum is the actual ball that Hank Aaron hit over Fulton County Stadium’s left field wall to break Babe Ruth’s home run record of 714. Also on display is the bat Hammerin Hank used that day.
One of the Greatest Baseball Artifacts Ever - Hank Aaron's Home Run Ball No. 715
Any fan of the game visiting Atlanta or Turner Field should make a stop at the parking lot across the street. Thanks to the forward thinking of Atlanta officials, it is still possible visit Fulton County Stadium and experience its most famous moment. Once inside Turner Field, the Braves Museum and Hall of Fame is definitely worth the one token it costs to enter (approximately $2).
With the Braves announcement in November 2013 that the team will be leaving Turner Field at the end of the 2016 season for a new ballpark to be built in Cobb, a suburb ten miles north of Atlanta, the future of the Fulton County Stadium parking lot and stadium markers is now in doubt. Demolition of Turner Field is scheduled for 2017. Only time will tell what, if anything, will remain of Fulton County Stadium or Turner Field.